Fishing is an activity that dates back thousands of years. Although it was primarily done as a need opposed to a hobby, there is plenty of evidence to suggest a form of fishing was practiced during the Upper Paleolithic period around 40,000 years ago. The earliest instance of fishing for recreation is not known for certain. However, the first ever English essay on the subject matter was published in 1496 and was entitled, Treatyse of Fysshynge wyth an Angle. Since then, many people have taken to the world of recreational fishing in various forms, targeting various different fish. One kind of fishing that’s always been popular throughout the years is largemouth bass fishing.
You may be wondering what’s so special about largemouth bass that so many people want to fish this species. Well, let me tell you. First, largemouth bass are very well known for their liveliness when trying to catch them. They will often leap out of the water to try and outsmart your fishing rod. Invariably, they fail, but not always, and that’s the thrill of the chase. Another reason as to why they’re so popular to fish for is that they’re so in abundance that the species isn't at risk of becoming endangered anytime soon.
Fishing for largemouth bass depends on a number of factors, such as water temperature, whether it’s a lake with deep water or shallow water, and the time of year. However, to get yourself started in the world of largemouth bass fishing there’s some basic equipment that you’ll need to have. Other accessories you can choose to add as you go along. The pieces of kit that you just can’t do without if you want to stand any chance of catching that trophy bass, include:
If you’re going down the natural route and using bait, there are certain baits that tend to work well when fishing for largemouth bass. Minnows are good to use as they’re cheap and can be picked up from just about anywhere. These are often used when fishing from the shore. If out in the open water, one of the best baits to use is shad. Crayfish is another bait that’s very popular to use as its pungent scent is hard for the fish to resist.
Largemouth bass can be found pretty much in any lake, pond, reservoir or river. It’s actually the state fish of Indiana, Mississippi, and Georgia. Largemouth bass are freshwater game fish that like shallow waters with muddy floors. One place they’re often found is among weed beds as they provide adequate protection for the fish against predators. They also like to be close to the bank or where bait fish can easily become trapped.
Hopefully, you will know have a much better idea as to the kind of equipment that largemouth bass fishermen use and where to go to start catching your next supper. Just remember to check out any state fishing laws and regulations before you go else you may be the one getting caught!